Mom's computer desk

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Project by Dave posted 1093 days ago 1423 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So mom wanted a new desk and I told her “save your money, let me build you one”. The desk is birch plywood, poplar, cedar on the legs and border on the tops, and mdf laminated with oak ply for the top. I made a taper jig for the tablesaw to cut the legs. I used my porter cable dovetail jig for the drawers. The plywood sides are dadoed into the legs and the stretchers are pocket screwed into the legs. The keyboard drawer has a flip down front and uses butler hinges. The smaller cabinet is for the printer and has three drawers. The two bottom drawers on the desk and printer cabinet are file drawers with round stock on the top edges which will hold folders. The finish is dark cherry water base stain and arm-r-seal semi-gloss.

This was my first real project and I am really happy how it turned out. My mom loves it too.

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#1 posted 1093 days ago

It is just awesome.Lots of space and drawers.Well planned and well build.I love it.

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#2 posted 1093 days ago

I do love the matching file cabinet at the same height, instead of rolling under. Very classy.

-- "Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect..."

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#3 posted 1093 days ago

I actually drafted it on google sketchup to get the plan and estimate for wood and supplies. It only took me like 5 months. work kinda gets in the way.

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#4 posted 1093 days ago

If I were to do it again I would not have used cedar, it is too soft and dents very easily. I learned a lot from this project. I probably would not use the water based stain either. I did a lot of research and everyone said to conditioin the poplar first but I didn’t like how it looked witht the conditioner so I never used it. I think the finish turned out nice.

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#5 posted 1093 days ago

beautiful pieces of furniture. nice wood combo/s. really very very nice project.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 1093 days ago

The desk looks great!!!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#7 posted 1093 days ago

Nice clean lines and great use of storage space.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#8 posted 1093 days ago

Dude that is awesome! Nice work!

-- "One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it." Master Oogway

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#9 posted 1093 days ago

I want one!!!

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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Terry Cheatham

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#10 posted 1067 days ago

Beautiful work. My wife has been after me to build her a computer desk. Your desk is an inspiration.

-- Terry, Texas

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#11 posted 1053 days ago

That desk is beautiful Dave, it seems very elegant and had a classy look to it. I’m sure that made Mom proud!

-- A Family That Prays Together...Is A Family That Stays Together

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#12 posted 1040 days ago

DAve – this is drop dead gorgious! And your first project of this kind – my oh my, I’d say you did Jim Dandy for your first. I can only imagine what you’ll be building for the kids, bunk bed, sky forts, night stands, toy boxes… It’s beautiful.

-- Harold

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